Board of Directors

Executive Board

Kathy_LovePresident – Kathy Love 

(Spanish Teacher – Sandwich High School)

Twenty years ago, when Kathy Love was looking into relocating to the DeKalb area, access to the arts was an important consideration.  The Egyptian Theatre was one of the swaying factors.  She loves that the theater brings culture and art to DeKalb and also fosters local talent.  Her daughter, who just graduated from college in Decatur, Illinois, spent much of her childhood on the historic theater’s stage.  Kathy lives in DeKalb with her husband and son.  She is a Spanish teacher at Sandwich High School.

_DSC9319Vice President – Travis Shaffer 

(Head of Fabrication Department – Upstaging, Inc.)

Travis holds his B.S. in Environmental Design and Economics from Northern Michigan University in 1997 and an MFA from the school of Theatre and Dance from Northern Illinois University 2005. Upon graduation, Travis went to work for Upstaging Inc. a theatrical lighting and transportation company. In 2005, Travis started and continues to lead the fabrication and design department for Upstaging. He has worked with major entertainment groups including U2, Paul McCartney, AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Seal, Cold Play, Jason Mraz, Barbara Streisand, The Police, Neil Diamond, WWE Wrestling Entertainment, Disney, Janet Jackson, Celtic Thunder, Madonna and many others. Travis is proud of his involvement with “Huskies on Parade” a public art project that celebrates the bond between Northern Illinois University and the DeKalb/Sycamore community.   He offered the services of Upstaging and its fabrication department to help with the finishing and mounting of all the colorful fiberglass dogs seen around DeKalb and Sycamore. Travis also volunteers with “Feed Em’ Soup” a community food program in DeKalb. Travis joined the Board of Director of the Egyptian Theatre in 2010 and continues to serve on the board. He feels that the Egyptian Theatre is truly the heart of Dekalb and is extremely important to the livelihood of this community.

Treasurer - Kay Riley (Vice President – Hunt Companies)

Kay is a CPA working for the Hunt Companies out of El Paso,Texas, as a Vice President of their Public Private Ventures Development Group.  She has 25 years of experience in accounting and finance.  She joined the Egyptian Theatre board in July 2012, and is now the Treasurer.  Kay has been a Sycamore resident for the past 5 years, during which time she has been on the Dreamers Theatre Group board.  Dreamers is a DeKalb-based non-profit theatre group for young thespians aged 10-21.  They have performed dozens of plays and musicals at the Egyptian Theatre.  Kay’s experience with this Egyptian Theatre user group allows her to bring that unique perspective to the board.  She has spent many happy hours volunteering at the Egyptian Theatre as a stage hand, sound engineer, usher, and in many other roles.  She has a deep respect for the excellent care and management of the theatre by Alex Nerad and past boards, and she is excited to have the opportunity to be a part of that team.

Secretary – Kay Shelton

(Senior Housing Officer – Northern Illinois University)

Kay Shelton earned a bachelor’s degree in music and anthropology from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and has a life-long interest in music, music composition, world music, and a hobby interest in films.  While at De Pauw, she performed in the marching band for the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.  She is a past member of the Javanese and Balinese Gamelan ensembles at Northern Illinois University.  The Javanese Gamelan ensemble performed her compositions.  She has a master’s degree in anthropology from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois.  She currently works for NIU and teaches anthropology and geography at Kishwaukee College.  She is also the Co-President for the League of Women Voters of DeKalb County, the State Director for the Illinois Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, and is the newly elected National President of the Lincoln Highway Association.


Jeff Kepler

(Architect – Sharp Architects, Inc.)

Originally from Bartlett, IL, I attended the University of Miami in Florida and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture.  Since graduation, I have been working in the architecture field, gaining experience in a multitude of project types.  I achieved LEED AP accreditation in the spring of 2009 and in the fall of 2012, I passed my final architectural registration exam and became a licensed architect. A resident of Sycamore since 2007, I have a great sense of pride for my community.  I value and appreciate the rich history, the notable architecture, and the sense of place it provides.  After having the opportunity to work on some major civic structures in the area, I realized how rewarding it was to make such an impact on my community.  In March of 2013, I joined Sharp Architects in DeKalb and continue to have a strong desire for providing local service.   As an architect, I certainly applaud all of the hard work and dedication that has been poured into the Egyptian Theatre to not only keep it open and standing, but historically accurate and functional in a world of ever changing demand.  The theatre is truly an architectural treasure, and as a new board member and a new father alike, I look forward to making the theatre as big a part of my family’s life as it has been for so many others in the past.

Lindsay Massie

(Multimedia Content Developer – MorningStar Media Group)



Mark Pietrowski 

(Associate Director of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming – Northern Illinois University)


Nancy Proesel

When I moved to DeKalb to attend NIU back in the mid-1970s, the Egyptian Theatre was in disrepair.  In the later 70s, there were plans for its demolition.  I am delighted to have a position on The Egyptian Theatre’s Board almost 40 years later!  Before being asked to join the board, I had experienced The Egyptian both on and off stage. This gave me insight into the theatre’s needs.  I remember standing on soggy carpeting, in a newly redecorated dressing room.  I was preparing to perform at The Egyptian for Stage Coach Player’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, shortly after the flood in 2008.  So when I was interviewed to join The Egyptian Board in 2011, I spoke of concerns about the basement flooding.  The Egyptian Theatre was completing a major renovation at that time; however the basement was not included in that renovation, because the underlying problems were too expensive to tackle. As a Board member, I was ready when the basement flooded again in February 2012.  The renovation became my focus.  Check out the newly refinished Dressing Rooms. They are certain to be a big hit with the theatrical crowd! Since I’d performed at The Egyptian Theatre with Stage Coach and worked back stage in Dreamers/Annex productions, I came to the board with an interest in strengthening the bond between performers, The Egyptian Theatre and the community.  While The Egyptian Theatre’s financial health is dependent on attracting big names to draw in large audiences, I can’t forget the importance of giving back to our local supporters!


Brian photo 2012Brian Scholle 

(Agent – State Farm Insurance)

Brian came to DeKalb via Northern Illinois University in 1977 as a freshman Communication Studies Major.  Before arrival to DeKalb, Brian secured a job as a sales person for the campus radio station, WKDI.  He had two very late night radio shifts on the station as well.  Along with working at WKDI, he was also involved with the then called Holmes Student Center Board where he was in charge of ushers and security for all the concerts at the Duke Ellington Ballroom and Sandburg Auditorium.  Through his work at WKDI, Brian volunteered his time with the DeKalb Downtown Association, helping them market and promote business in Downtown DeKalb.  This eventually led him to be a charter member of DeKalb Main street, and then ReNew DeKalb. Downtown DeKalb Business has always been a focus for Brian.  He was grateful to be asked to be on the Egyptian Theater Board of Directors, as he feels the Egyptian is the main business catalyst for Downtown. “ Being on the Egyptian Board is a natural progression for me, as it allows me to continue my focus of marketing and promoting business to DeKalb’s Central Business District.”  Brian has been a State Farm agent since January of 1982, his first job after graduating from NIU.  His agency is located on South Fourth St in DeKalb. But his favorite job is being on the Chain Crew for NIU Football!


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